The Physical Benefits of Yoga



Yogi, Priest, Life Coach, Speaker, 5 Rings Movement Therapist & Executive Director at Pathfinder Institute.

Yoga has been practiced for as long as anyone can remember. Though it is often associated with meditation and spirituality, it also has a lot of physical benefits that some people might not even be aware of. The great thing is that yoga is not a restrictive practice at all. It can be modified to accommodate any age group and virtually any health condition. Some yoga poses can even target trouble spots in your body that may need improvement. Regular yoga practitioners can attest to the physical improvements that have been made with constant yoga sessions.

Consistent yoga practice has proven to become a natural method of reducing pain. A great deal of yoga positions are said to relieve muscle tension, soreness, and stress. It can even target specific conditions like migraines, back pain, and menstrual cramps.

Yoga is primarily done to promote overall health and well-being, not just for preventive therapy or to correct certain conditions. Some physical benefits you may get as a practitioner would include improvement in your flexibility and strengthening your immune system. With a stronger immune system, it will follow that you’ll be less susceptible to acquiring illnesses.

Because yoga also covers breathing exercises as part of its regimen, it’s expected that the regular practitioner will have more stable breathing and an increase in lung capacity. This is important as deep breathing makes the body less acidic. Higher levels of acidity in the body can cause arthritis, bone and tissue damage, headaches, fatigue, and even stress.

Blood circulation will also improve with regular practice of yoga. A majority of the yoga poses and postures aim to maintain and improve proper blood circulation, aiding in the removal of body impurities and detoxification. This will also keep blood pressure at healthy levels.

If you practice yoga regularly, you’ll find a huge improvement in your flexibility and strength. Of course, the change will be evident after many sessions, considering the various poses involved. Practiced properly, endurance and stamina will also be boosted.

At the end of the day, you’ll never really get to know or appreciate the physical benefits of yoga unless you try it yourself. Who knows? You might be surprised to find that it’s benefits may go above and beyond your expectations. Awareness of your body/mind type really help for the specific practice for the best result..for more information feel free to contact me.


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Dinndayal Morgan Breast Cancer Authority ContributorDINNDAYAL MORGAN, Certified Kriya Yoga Teacher and Minister, Professor of Martial Science, , Movement Psychology, Five Rings and Stress Response Training has over 42 years of experience including seminars, workshops, and private classes with adults and youth. His classes are offered through numerous agencies including adult schools, recovery programs, continuation schools and other community programs.

Healing From The Inside Out

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By Natalie Palmer, Co-founded The Pink Paper – Master’s in Integrative Health & Healing, Certified Life Coach and Reiki practitioner.

“Healing from the inside out” is how I’ve come to describe my personal healing journey. Since receiving a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis 9 years ago I’ve understandably had healing on my mind quite a bit. Thinking about it, praying about it, crying about, raging about it and going within finally allowed me to come to an understanding of what healing means, for mind, body and spirit.

What is healing?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists the following definitions for healing:

  1. To make sound or whole
  2. To restore to health
  3. To patch up
  4. To restore to original purity or integrity
  5. To return to a sound state

These definitions are all wonderful, and depending on the context in which they are used, I’m sure they adequately convey what’s meant to be communicated. But … there’s more to this healing thing isn’t there? If you’ve faced the challenges associated with a physical illness or a devastating loss or a serious accident or chronic disease you know what I mean. You understand that there’s SO much more to healing than meets the eye. True healing takes place below the surface, in places we connect to when we are still, quiet and focused within. True healing reconnects our mind, our body and our spirit. True healing brings us back into balance with ourselves and with our divine source. True healing is all about connection.

Another more comprehensive definition then of healing might sound something like this,
“ Healing is when we return to our original stating of Being where we are whole, restored and connected in mind, body and spirit to our source.” This describes healing from the inside out. Create a definition of healing that resonates with you.

Finding Source

Deepak Chopra said, “Human beings are made of body, mind and spirit. Of these, spirit is primary, or it connects us to the source of everything, the eternal field of consciousness.”

What do we say when we feel overwhelmed, exhausted and burnt-out? We talk about feeling disconnected and alone. We are disconnected, we’ve lost touch with our source, our Higher Power, or what some of us call God. Establishing or re establishing our connection to “the source of everything” is the most important aspect of healing deeply.

There are as many ways to connect with source as you can possibly imagine. Mother Theresa believed God could be found in silence when she said, “ We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Buddha taught about cultivating a wakeful presence through meditation, “To awaken, sit calmly, letting each breath clear your mind and open your heart.”

When we open our hearts and quiet our minds we’re able to find source, our Higher Power, God or whatever name you give to that which is the creator of all there is.This connection we seek and crave is within ourselves. When Jesus was asked when the kingdom of God would come he replied, “ Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) Connecting with the healing power of our Creator involves the ultimate of all journeys, the journey of going within, of discovery, love and complete acceptance of ourselves as spiritual beings first and above all else.

Ways to Heal

  • Pray
  • Meditate
  • Forgive daily
  • Allow goodness
  • Embrace silence
  • Nourish your soul
  • See God everywhere
  • Commune with nature
  • Listen with your heart
  • Cultivate inner peace
  • Appreciate the moment
  • Believe in transformation
  • Open yourself to miracles
  • Don’t judge yourself harshly
  • Remember we are all the same
  • Become a compassionate person
  • Accept yourself exactly as you are
  • Know you are loved beyond measure
  • Let go of that which no longer serves your highest good

This is truly a never ending list because there are SO many ways to allow healing from the inside out. Create your own list and begin to create your own healing.

“Then came the healing time, hearts started to shine, soul felt so fine, oh what a freeing time it was.”
– Aberjhani

Natalie Palmer Founder Pink PaperAbout Natalie Palmer: She is a reader, writer, vegan food eater and lover of light with a passion for helping others. As a way to “pay it forward” after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis Natalie co-founded The Pink Paper – An online oasis of wellness information and inspiration. She also has a Master’s in Integrative Health & Healing and is a Certified Life Coach and Reiki practitioner.





When Given A Choice – Take Both (Part Two)

When Given The Choice Take Both

 By Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos Author of Surviving Cancerland: The Intuitive Aspects of Healing

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
– Vincent van Gogh”

Part I of this article covered the importance of listening to yourself for a more fulfilling life.  In section II we will discuss playing the Game of Life to win, inner-voices, guardian angels, church and how they are all a part of not ignoring ourselves.

In the book Send Me Your Guardian Angel, about the life of Padre Pio, his Guardian Angel first appeared to him when he was still a boy.  “He took the semblance of another child and made himself visible only to him.  Later Padre Pio called his Guardian Angel/Spiritual Guide ‘the companion of my infancy.’” This describes my invisible childhood friend, Gee-Gee, who later became a full spiritual guide and lifesaving Guardian Angel when I was fighting for my life.

If I’ve learned one thing these past ten years of treatment and success it is this:

·                  You seldom get anywhere by standing on the sidelines of the game of Life and Death with crossed fingers waiting for someone else to take action for you.

·                  Life is not a spectator sport.

·                  You are responsible for yourself.

·                  Play!

Our inner self uses signs and symbols that include and go beyond dreams to communicate with us, especially during any crisis that can include divorce, financial problems and health.  No matter how confusing they may seem our dreams are always telling us something.

Here are some other ways to get validation in life:

·                  Synchronicities can be validations.

·                  Listen to your fears, but don’t let them rule your life.  Let them guide you to action.

·                  Be a squeaky wheel until you are acknowledged.

·                  Don’t take no for an answer.

·                  Don’t settle for less.

·                  And don’t be dismissed.

Hoping someone else makes the right decisions for you when you are in crisis is a half-plan missing a vital component and your biggest resource: YOU!

Listen to yourself. Take care of your Spirit and it will take care of you.

This article is a compilation of context taken from the book SURVIVING CANCERLANDLAND: The Intuitive Aspects of Healing by Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos.

Kathleen O’Keefe-KanavosAbout the author- Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is an author, inspirational speaker, Radio Host, and three-time breast cancer survivor who penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Intuitive Aspects of Healing  She is represented by  Steve Allen Media and is part of WakeUpWomen

Cancer – Tool To Realign You With Your Purpose

Work, Love, CourageBy Suzanne Strisower, MA, PCC
Life Purpose Expert, Certified Life and Career Coach &

Illness(cancer) is a tough situation that can happen within us often when we least expect it. It has also been perceived as a “messenger” to help bring us and our lives back into alignment. Louise Hay in her classic book, You Can Heal Your Life, offers some interesting insights into the probable cause and new thoughts as they relate to cancer. This may not be your belief system, but she offers a perspective to help give meaning and purpose to the experience when she says for the probable causes,

“Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds. What’s the use.”

Her new thought or affirmation for cancer is,

“I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my world with joy. I love and approve of myself.”

When we experience life threatening or near death experiences we are can be left with major revelations about how different we are now and how we have a totally new world view about who we are and what is important to us now. Gone are the days of fluff…

Now, we know we are here for a reason, otherwise, we too would have died.  Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, a three time breast cancer survivor, quipped that “obviously I hadn’t completed my purpose or I would have been gone.” She knows now that her purpose  is to empower cancer victims to be their own best advocate and she helps people know what really lies ahead during and after treatment through her work with the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation.

Illness provides the opportunity to reassess one’s life, to consider what your purpose in life really is? The answer is very close by…It is revealed in what you have seen, experienced and understand about your life during those moments when you thought you might not make it…But now, ALIVE, how do you want to implement that vision, energy or purpose that helped your survive? Have you been given that same clarity or do you need some guidance to make your life worthwhile?

In Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, when he experienced the Nazi concentration camps, deprivation and death and asked himself why people survived life threatening circumstances and he said it was one of three things:

Work – doing something significant
Love – caring for another
Courage – during difficult times

Which of these three reflects your vision or purpose for your life? The key criteria should be joy and the celebration of your life through some kind of work, love or courage in the face of adversity you triumphed over.

What brings you joy and how can you express that in a purposeful way? Your “life purpose” is simply the “aim or intention of the energy YOU put forth,” so how would you like to joyfully and purposefully expend your energy?

In this life purpose reassessment process, look clearly at how you want to spend your energy going forward, illness gives us a great opportunity to recalibrate ourselves back to our Self.

Suzanne StrisowerSuzanne Strisower for the past 35 years has helped thousands of people as a life purpose expert, certified life and career coach, spiritual guide, author, speaker, workshop facilitator and radio show host.

7 Lessons to Survive Your Crisis–A Blessing in Disguise!

By Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos
Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

Have you ever had a gut instinct that disagreed with scientific facts, and then found that you were correct and the facts wrong? You have inner guidance.

Cancer is humbling.  Like any life crisis, it is guaranteed to knock you down with its series of emotional and physical trauma, beginning with discovery and continuing through treatment, often with no end in sight.  Upon hearing a cancer diagnosis, many people feel devastated, confused and alone.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. Here are seven lessons to help you survive life-crisis.

The first and most important one is: Even in your darkest hour—you are never alone!

I know because I am a three-time, thirteen and ten year breast cancer survivor who found out the hard way that not all cancers are discovered by conventional medical tests.

  • Intuition can play an important part in diagnosis and survival.

Intuition is defined as instinctively knowing without conscious reasoning. Take care of your spirit and it will take care of you.

  • Have you ever wished you had listened to yourself rather than to someone else?

 No matter what stage of treatment or life crisis someone is in, they and their families should listen to their innate intuition when it doesn’t jive with the expert’s advice.  It’s time to let that inner voice guide you, then use modern evaluations for validation.  Listen, then validate!  Your inner voice may save your life, relationships, and financial future.

  • We all have Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels. We are their job and they take their job seriously.

How often do you pray but miss the answers in your dreams? Your dreams are the way your Eternal Teacher (ET) phones home to heaven for help during crisis. Your Higher Power always answers!

  • But, do you believe the answer you hear in your prayers, meditations and dreams? Watch for the validation in everyday life. Validation is indisputable information.

What I seek to achieve by writing this article is an alternative to ignoring our intuition in favor of science or ignoring science in favor of inner guidance.  The best way to survive any health crisis is to mix intuition and science and then cross-check them against each other for answers that are indisputably correct. Be a part of your health and life team because no one knows you better than you know yourself. Listen to yourself.

  • Our bodies have been speaking to us since the beginning of humanity.

Your body uses signs, symbols and symptoms to communicate. Dreams, meditations and prayers are the phone lines to inner-information. Dr. Freud and Dr. Jung used the universal archetypes in dreams to treat patients because they understood connecting with the inner-self during times of crisis. If you ask for guidance you will get it.

It’s time to rediscover your inner-guidance. In order to effectively battle illness, you must get in touch with your inner-selves and work together toward the goal of survival by using everything available to you. By searching within yourself through dreams, meditation or prayer, you will find your own set of answers to any challenge. Become bi-lingual. Learn your personal dream language for a more fulfilled life.

The first time I was diagnosed, I did not believe the test results that came back “negative for cancer,” suggesting that the lump I had discovered months earlier in my breast was just in my head. I summoned the courage to use everything available in this world and the next to save my life.  The physicians and tests had missed the 2.1cm tumor that was Stage-Two cancer—aggressive invasive ductal carcinoma—that had already infected one lymph node. Five years later they missed the second breast cancer that was stage-four invasive lobular carcinoma and a year later the beginning of another lobular cancer in the other breast. Finding the life-saving information in dreams was as lucky as winning the lottery three times in a row. Luck had little to do with it. Divine Intervention did.

My crisis was a wake-up call to change my life, and trust in a Higher Power. Science goes so far and then comes God.  Another challenge was deciding whom to trust—my doctors or my Guardian Angels.  I listened to both and cross-checked them against each other. That information came to bear on me in ways I never imagined as I ran the race of life against time.

I remember my exact moment of dream validation…

 “Pathology didn’t like what they saw when they cut the tumor open,” my surgeon said after closing the privacy curtain behind him. Fear replaced my nausea.

 “So, is it cancer?” I asked, while holding fast to the hospital gurney; bracing myself for the answer I already suspected and feared.

 “Yes, I’m sorry. I’ll refer you to someone else now, a specialist.”

 Thus began my Alice in Wonderland’s steady decent down the dark rabbit hole of Cancerland!

 So my dreams had been right. The doctors and tests were wrong.  With my surgeon’s words, the first shot of my ensuing battle had been fired, and it was not a warning across my bow. It was point-blank into my breast. I glanced down at my painful wound and wept with grief and joy. God was with me.

(From SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Intuitive Aspects of Healing)

As an R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation Hotline Phone Counselor, Question and Answer Columnist for Cape Women Online Magazine and a three time cancer survivor, I have learned seven important lessons to overcome any crisis.

  1. You are not alone! You are born with inner-guidance but like any innate skill, such as language, it must be perfected.  Practice makes perfect. Perfect your dream language and inner-communication skills.
  1. Believe but validate.  Inner-guidance does not want you to “blindly believe.”  Validation will present itself; more proof that you are not alone.
  1. Ask and you will receive. (Whiners get nothing.) Remember to also give thanks.
  1. Crisis is a wake-up call. So Wake Up! Make changes. Live a more fulfilled and joyful life. What life-lesson did you learn from your life-crisis? Don’t waste this blessing in disguise. It is a golden opportunity to grow with spiritual guidance.
  1. We all have a Life Purpose. Despite what may have happened in the back seat of that old Chevy, no one is an accident.  Accidently is really “accidently on purpose.” If you are alive you are on the path (Life Destiny) to fulfill your Life Purpose. What “guided” you to read this article?
  1. Life is full of crisis within circles of crisis. Embrace them as lessons for life. Dance in the rain and sing in the wind with your Inner Guide and Guardian Angel.  Nothing is permanent, including crisis, so enjoy the storm. You will turn negative power into positive outcome.  The storm will leave you in a fresher world.
  1. Out of crisis comes order. 

Dreams, prayers and meditation can lead us through the dark tunnel of crisis and into the light of inner-order and prosperity.

About the author- Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is an author, inspirational speaker, Radio Host, and three-time breast cancer survivor who penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Intuitive Aspects of Healing  She is represented by  Steve Allen Media and is part of WakeUpWomen

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